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The EUCPN publishes a toolbox series, with new titles appearing biannually. A toolbox focuses on the main theme of the Presidency and aims to support practitioners. It is a prevention-oriented manual in which we look at the difficulties and attempts to prevent the crime.

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Three papers make up the EUCPN toolbox on bullying among minors:

An ecological approach towards effective anti-bullying interventions
This theoretical paper provides an overview of the phenomenon, the many types of anti-social behaviour that can be categorised as bullying, and the players involved. Secondly, the paper promotes an ecological approach, meaning it will focus on bullying at every level of a minor’s life: individual level, family level, school level, and community level. Possible effects of bullying involvement will be discussed at every one of these levels, as well as possible risk- and protective factors that are associated with bullying.

Effective prevention approaches
This practical paper discusses evidence-based prevention strategies against bullying that can be applied on every level of a minor’s life (individual, family, school and community level).

European Crime Prevention Award 2021
This paper provides an overview of all entries participating in the 2021 edition of the European Crime Prevention Award.

Toolbox bullying among minors

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These short papers focus on a common misconception in the crime prevention field.

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Organised crime is a bit of a confusing concept. Depending on whom you ask, it means different things. This is reflected in European criminal policy, where definitions were not always clear and priorities have shifted. What is clear is that organised crime has become quasi-synonymous with serious international crime. This may give rise to the idea that organised crime is something that should be dealt with by high-level strategic players. However, organised crime is also embedded locally and has a local impact. Local preventionists and police officers, too, have important roles to play in the prevention of, and fight against, organised crime.

Read the mythbuster - The fight against serious and organised crime: international cooperation or local approaches?

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Our monitors present an overview of the current state of affairs and the most important European data on the phenomenon as well as recent trends. It also introduces strategies for the prevention of the phenomenon.

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domestic burglary

This paper aims to support European, national and local stakeholders by providing an overview of the initiatives which may, or may not, be successful in preventing domestic burglaries. All initiatives have been grouped in three categories: namely those for which strong evidence, moderate evidence or limited evidence is available. When labelling an initiative as having ‘strong evidence’, it means that several studies have consistently shown a reduction in the number of domestic burglaries, such as the one that was found to occur following target hardening by employing a combination of window locks, internal lights, door locks and external lights. Initiatives with the ‘moderate evidence’ label are those for which a limited number of studies have shown a promising impact in terms of crime reduction, such as property marking. However, more research is needed for this to be labelled ‘strong evidence’. Others, such as intruder alarm systems, have shown contradictory results or have not been evaluated properly yet but contain some characteristics that seem promising and deserve more attention. Finally, we would like to emphasise that lessons learned during implementation and the specific context should always be taken into account when policy makers and practitioners develop their own domestic burglary prevention strategies.

Read the monitor What works to prevent domestic burglaries?

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Thematic paper / policy paper

These papers are published by the EUCPN in connection with the theme of the Presidency and aim at policymakers. They are written as an overview to help understand the definition of the theme and also pay attention to the current European law and legislative actions.

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Policy paper

This policy paper was written in tandem with the toolbox ‘Preventing the victimisation of minors in the digital age - awareness-raising and behavioural change’ and focusses on the main theme of the Romanian Presidency; child victimisation online and offline.

10 years earlier, the EUCPN had already focused on this topic once, during the Swedish presidency. At that time, Council Conclusions were adopted containing recommendations. In this policy paper, the EUCPN looks back at these recommendations to identify recommendations which are still valid and others who need an update. First, this paper discuss’ the prevention of victimisation of minors in general, after which the paper zooms in on the prevention efforts in the school environment and in cyberspace.

Read the policy paper on the prevention of child victimisation - online and offline

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